Beginning now and reporting from Monday 27th April, DHHS now require weekly updates of progress on your healthcare worker vaccination program. Your executive have been advised of this requirement and an email has been sent to infection control managers to outline the details.
For a copy of the email click here
The likelihood of contact with patients and/or blood or body substances determines their risk of exposure of a range of communicable diseases. Each worker should be individually assessed for specific vaccines including influenza vaccination. The following categorisation of healthcare workers is to be used to guide influenza vaccination protocols.
Category A - Direct contact with blood or body substances
This includes all persons who have physical contact with, or potential exposure to blood or body substances. Examples include: nurses, doctors, mortuary technicians, central sterile supply staff, cleaners and laboratory staff.
Category B - Indirect contact with blood and body substances
This includes workers in patient areas who rarely have direct contact with blood or body substances. These workers could be exposed to diseases transmitted by droplet and airborne route, but would rarely be at risk from blood borne diseases. Examples include: ward clerks, catering staff.
(Ref: Victorian DHHS 2014, Vaccination for Healthcare Workers)
We are aiming to improve on last year, as we strive for as high as possible vaccination rate.
For 2020, a whole of health service target of 90 per cent has been set for the public health sector.
For front-line (risk Category A/B) staff health services are to aim for a 100 per cent vaccination rate.